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Mind the gap: personal and collective identities at work

Felstead, Alan, Fuller, Alison, Jewson, Nick, Unwin, Lorna, Bishop, Dan and Kakavelakis, Konstantinos 2009. Mind the gap: personal and collective identities at work. Studies in the Education of Adults 41 (1) , pp. 6-20.

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This paper explores three different ways in which workers experience and react to managerial attempts to mould and shape their identities. It provides illustrations of three theoretically-derived identity modalities: 'dramaturgical selves'; 'conformist selves'; and 'resistant selves'. The paper shows how the relationship between personal and collective identities is at the heart of these modalities, and how they are formed as a reaction to management attempts to narrow, maintain or widen the gap between personal and collective identities at work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity; Work; Learning
Publisher: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
ISSN: 0266-0830
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:46

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